Home > Lifestyle > Family > Features
Friday March 21, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday March 21, 2014 MYT 9:09:06 AM
HOW do you teach your children to distinguish between the “good” and “bad” strangers? Here are eight useful tips:
Kids are taught to always be polite but they must be made aware that it’s all right to be rude when they are afraid. They should not hesitate to say “No” to a stranger and to scream, fight or kick when they feel unsafe.
Instead of saying “Don’t talk to strangers”, teach your child which strangers they can approach, such as policemen.
Trust their instincts
Teach your children to trust their instincts. If they don’t feel safe, they should try to leave the situation or ask for help.
Assure your children they can tell you anything and that you’ll love them no matter what he says and what anyone does to him. Communicate openly and create a safe space so he’ll know he can come to you when there’s trouble.
Teach your child about the appropriate and inappropriate touch. Call private parts by their biological names (instead of nicknames) and stress that no one can touch their private parts.
No to treats
Teach your child to be cautious when a stranger offers him a treat or asks for help with a task. If that happens, he should say “No!” loudly and walk away.
After the talk about strangers, do a role play session. Pretend you are the stranger and ask your child to enact what he’s supposed to do.
Repeat, repeat, repeat
Make safety a familiar topic within the family. Repeat the things you want your children to know.
> Source: Protect and Save the Children and Disney-suported parenting site, Babble.com.
Keeping them safe
Tags / Keywords:
Lifestyle, Family & Community, RHB; Missing Children; Stranger Danger; Family; Parenting
Stranger danger, revisited
Coping with first day at school
How to connect with your children in the digital world
Always keep children safe
Keep safe at all times
Sam Claflin has the golden touch when it comes to fantasy
Royal surprise: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet
Hottest gift this holiday season: Giant cuddly 'Ebola' almost wiped out
Mariah Carey hits the high notes in Kuala Lumpur
The Five Arts Centre scores the Bobo Underdog of the Year award for its many years of service
Future of food served up in Paris
Pahang through to Malaysia Cup final
'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight
Anyone whose last name is Roosevelt gets a RM295 stay in iconic New York hotel
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)